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Wetherspoons has insisted children are welcome at its pubs after it emerged the chain has a guideline limiting parents to two alcoholic drinks each if they have youngsters with them.

The company said its guideline was brought in to try to stop “unruly” behaviour by children left unsupervised.

The news came to light after the Robert Pocock pub in Gravesend, Kent, put up a poster stating the drink limit.

The poster, which has since been taken down, read: “As part of our licensing it is our responsibility to ensure that we are protecting children from harm.

“Therefore adults in charge of children will be allowed to have one alcoholic drink and a further alcoholic drink with a sit-down meal.”

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said it was a guideline, not a policy, and had been in place for eight years.

He told Sky News: “Our pubs welcome children under the age of 16 with an adult.

“They must order a meal.

“There is a guideline, though not a policy, that we will serve the adult a maximum of two alcoholic drinks with their meal.

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The company said its guideline was brought in to try to stop ‘unruly’ behaviour by children left unsupervised

“This has been the situation in our pubs for the past eight years.

“The reason is that we don’t want children being unruly in the pubs and parents thinking they can continue to drink while this happens.”

Since 1902, it has been an offence to be drunk while in charge of a child under the age of seven in a public place, and a conviction can lead to a fine or up to a month in prison.

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